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Ting Makerspace offers winter programming, launches new website

Ting Makerspace is offering winter session tutorials, demos, and workshops

With the help of Ting Makerspace specialist Steve Pixler, Karen Daniel laser cut a replacement library card keychain complete with her barcode Saturday afternoon. The full spectrum laser is one of many creative tools available for use at the Ting Makerspace in Westminster.

“I love learning any new technology that’s available,” said Daniel, of Winfield. “My goal is to be able to do it independently.”

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In February 2015, Ting and the City of Westminster partnered to create a high-speed fiber optic network throughout the city. The Makerspace came about in May 2016 as part of the arrangement Val Giovagnoni, city manager for Ting in Westminster, said.

The site is Ting’s first foray into creating a physical location for the community to work on projects, though eventually each city featuring Ting Internet will host a Makerspace of its own.

Last week, the Makerspace launched a new website, https://tingmakerspace.com. Now makers can watch tutorial videos and take safety quizzes before they visit the space. The organization is offering a variety of tutorials, demos and workshops during the winter.

“Ting feels that the internet is a great tool for creation,” Pixler said. “They wanted something to give back to the city that fuels everyone’s creative side. It’s a place where people can learn, play, tinker and fail, and learn some new skills along the way.”

During Saturday’s workshop, Pixler worked with Daniel to design a keychain in Inkscape, a professional-quality vector graphics software. They sent the file to the laser engraver driver so it would be ready to print. He said they booted everything up, and conducted a final speed and power setting adjustment before hitting print.

Pixler said a daily pass is $5, $20 for five visits, and $30 for 10 visits. Makerspace only accepts credit card payments on site. Available tools include the Full Spectrum Laser, a LulzBot Mini 3-D printer, a DAVID SLS-2 3D scanner, an X-Carve CNC router, Arduino starter kits, a Dremel, 3Doodlers 3-D pens, soldering irons and a photo booth.

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